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Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific and Info-Communications Media Development Authority to Invest in Content Partnership

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-Year-long partnership to bring Singapore talent to the forefront of cutting-edge production technologies
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP) and the Info-Communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) today announced a year-long partnership designed to upskill and co-create content with emerging and established production companies in Singapore using the most advanced techniques and technologies including 4K and Virtual Reality (VR). These content will premiere on Discovery’s platforms globally.

Driven by Discovery Networks International (DNI) and DNAP, the USD$5 million (or SGD$6.8 million) year-long partnership is designed to both nurture new and upcoming producers, as well as give Singapore’s established producers the opportunity to showcase their expertise to a global audience. Local producers will have the opportunity to learn the latest techniques, train in using new technologies, experiment with various content formats and present them across multi-channel platforms that will travel across the Discovery global network.

“Discovery is a pioneer in using cutting-edge technology to tell amazing stories. Together with IMDA, a long-time partner and supporter of the development and growth of our homegrown talent, we are pleased to have the opportunity to help mentor and invest in the next generation of Singapore producers,” said Louis Boswell, General Manager, Discovery Southeast Asia. “Building on Discovery’s expertise across the globe, together with the industry’s top players, we will establish a training ground for Singapore producers to showcase great content that can resonate around the world.”

“We are pleased to partner Discovery to create this opportunity for Singapore’s media talent to tell their stories using new production technologies that deliver a more immersive and engaging experience for the viewer. We are confident that this combination of Discovery’s experience in innovation with the creativity of Singapore’s media talent will result in a series of new shows that will delight global audiences.” said Angeline Poh, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Content & Innovation Group, IMDA.

The initiative kicks off next month with a public call for entries and pitch brief, resulting in a boot camp aimed at taking aspiring producers through DNAP’s best practices of documentary-making for a global audience. In partnership with Viddsee, the region’s leading online video platform for short-films, the training aims to prepare these upstarts for the big leagues across both linear and digital platforms, with the shortlisted films premiering on DNAP and Viddsee.

In 2017, seasoned producers will be invited to a series of workshops dedicated to imparting the fundamentals and advanced techniques of 4K productions. This will culminate in DNAP’s first full 4K commission with selected Singaporean production companies, which will be aired on Discovery across the region.

As an early adopter with a dedicated virtual reality (VR) application, 2017 will also see Discovery’s experienced global crew train local producers in VR technology — sharing their know-how and expertise on storytelling. The final films will break new grounds and premiere on the Discovery VR application globally.

About Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, a division of the leading global entertainment provider Discovery Communications, is dedicated to satisfying curiosity, engaging and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its portfolio of brands. From survival to natural history, wonders of science to extreme jobs, motoring to travel and lifestyle, and the latest engineering marvels to live sporting events, Discovery offers distinct must-watch programming to engage viewers across the region. The portfolio reaches 694 million cumulative subscribers in 37 countries and territories with programming customised in 14 languages and dialects. For more information, please visit http://www.discoverycommunications.com.

About the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA)

The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) will develop a vibrant, world-class infocomm media sector that drives the economy, connects people, bonds communities and powers Singapore’s Smart Nation vision. IMDA does this by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore’s ICT and media infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment. IMDA also enhances Singapore’s data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission. For more news and information, visit http://www.imda.gov.sg or follow IMDA on Facebook: IMDAsg and Twitter @IMDAsg.

Source: Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
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October 19, 2016 at 3:03 pm

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MillionaireAsia Announces the 1st Iran Investment Summit to Take Place in Singapore on 26 October 2016

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SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — For the first time since lifted sanctions, Asian investors will have the chance to gain privileged access to bankable projects in Iran as the country opens its doors to foreign investment.

MillionaireAsia will organize the inaugural 1st Iran Investment Summit to be held in Singapore on 26 October 2016 in collaboration with Basio Consultants & Services Ltd (Hong Kong), and endorsed by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Facilitated by His Excellency Javad Ansari, the Iranian Ambassador to Singapore, an extensive delegation from the country will be heading to Singapore, led by Keynote Speaker H.E. Dr Valiollah Seif, Central Bank Governor, Islamic Republic of Iran. Other members of the special delegation include Dr Ahmad Jamali, Director General, Foreign Investment, Invest in Iran, Sadegh Ghafouri, Expert in Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Finance Organization for Investment Economic & Technical Assistance of the Islamic Republic of Iran (OIETAI), and Iranian private enterprises.

The Iranian delegation will be seeking foreign investors for a wide range of bankable projects in the country, ranging from theme parks and resorts, township development and science & technology parks, marine, petrochemical, waste water treatment, aviation, container shipping, copper processing plant, lead and zinc production plant and more. The project deal sizes range from USD5 million to over USD200 million. Apart from Singapore, investors from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia are also expected at the event. Tech will also be an important subject at the summit with Fintech company and main sponsor, DasCoin leading the ranks.

In February 2016, Singapore signed a Bilateral Investment Treaty with the Islamic Republic of Iran and the country’s Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPPA) provides a legal framework for investment protection by foreign investors keen to invest in the country. Following this, the MillionaireAsia 1st Iran Investment Summit aims to be a landmark business exchange in Singapore since the lifting of trade sanctions on Iran by the US government which has not only allowed for foreign trade and investment to once again flow freely through the country, but also the creation of unprecedented opportunities for investors.

For registration and more information, please visit: http://millionaireasia.com/1st-iran-investment-summit/

For Media: Please click here for full press release. For media accreditation and attendance, please RSVP by 24 October 2016 to:

Urvashi Raizada
Email: urvashi@millionaireasia.com
Tel: +65-6838-5010

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October 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm

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Wacom® MobileStudio Pro™ — Freedom to Create Anywhere

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New lightweight mobile computer features a reinvented pen experience, powerful creative tools including a 3-D camera and the ability to run full versions of software, giving professional 2-D, 3-D and CAD artists and designers the freedom to create anywhere
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Today, Wacom introduces Wacom MobileStudio Pro, a new line of lightweight, powerful mobile computers with Wacom’s new pen technology for busy, on-the-go professional creators of digital content seeking the freedom to take their studio with them wherever and whenever they go. MobileStudio Pro provides unparalleled feel and accuracy to any creative session and users will delight in the results they achieve. Featuring the newly-designed Wacom Pro Pen 2, with 4x higher pen accuracy and pressure sensitivity than the company’s previous professional pen, enhanced resolution, leading-edge graphics, excellent color performance, 3-D camera and other innovations, Wacom MobileStudio Pro is the ultimate creative tool for today’s serious 2-D, 3-D and CAD artists and designers.

Wacom has developed a family of 13.3″ and 15.6″ MobileStudio Pro computers to fit virtually every professional’s creative computer and budgetary needs (starting at $2199 SGD). There are six configurations to choose from. Four 13.3″ models combine maximum mobility with high performance and color accuracy and two 15.6″ models deliver a larger work area, 4K resolution, high color performance as well as superior NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics. Bundled with Windows® 10, MobileStudio Pro has the power professional creatives need to run industry-standard applications such as Photoshop® and Illustrator® as well as demanding 3-D creative software applications. “Unlike most general-purpose mobile tablets created for the mass market, Wacom’s MobileStudio Pro was designed specifically for the needs of the creative professional and how they work,” says Ed Neumann, Senior Vice President of Wacom’s Creative Branded Business. “Our long-standing relationship with the professional creative community enabled us to develop a game-changing solution for the creative market that exceeds customer expectations and provides the best, most natural and precise creative experience imaginable.”

Wacom MobileStudio Pro Product Trailer

Mobile Studio Pro 13

Mobile Studio Pro 16

Mobile Studio Pro Packaging

Mobile Studio Pro Pen Case

New Pen Technology

MobileStudio Pro is the first product to offer Wacom’s latest pen technology, the Pro Pen 2. Delivering 4x greater accuracy and pressure sensitivity than the previous Pro Pen, Wacom continues to focus on pen performance and creating an intuitive experience that is free-flowing and transcends the digital divide. Users will also discover virtually lag-free tracking which helps one find that creative groove faster and maintain focus for longer periods of time. “Wacom revolutionized pen input over 30 years ago when it introduced the first pressure-sensitive pen and we continue to provide the ultimate design and creative experience for our customers,” states Neumann. “Whether doing straight 2D illustration or sculpting a 3D model, we are confident that MobileStudio Pro users will find the new digital pen to feel closer to traditional media as ever before.”

3-D Ready

Industrial designers, engineers and 3-D modelers will find a host of features in the MobileStudio Pro that will make their workflow more efficient and their productivity higher. While individual models of MobileStudio Pro vary, all come with powerful Intel® processors and memory and storage configurations, ranging from 64GB up to 512GB. NVIDIA Quadro graphics on the 15.6″ model of MobileStudio Pro help speed computer-generated imagery and digital content creation and bring it to life. “The NVIDIA Quadro M1000M platform delivers great performance to tablets,” says Serge Palaric, Senior Director of Embedded & OEMs for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at NVIDIA. “Paired with the Wacom Pro Pen 2, the Wacom MobileStudio Pro is the ideal platform for designers, engineers, artists and creatives who need desktop-level performance on the go.”

Additionally, for users wanting to capture 3-D scans as a start to their development process, select models of MobileStudio Pro include the Intel® 3-D RealSense™ camera. You can bring your scan into a software application like ZBrush® or Fusion 360® and build a 3-D model from there.

Enhanced Workflow

A number of time-saving productivity features were added to accelerate the creative workflow, including: ExpressKeys™, Touch Ring and convenient buttons on the pen which allow users to quickly and easily set-up one touch short cuts. Also, the optional Wacom Link technology enables users to attach MobileStudio Pro to any Mac or PC and use it as a standard Cintiq display — a great feature for Mac owners who prefer to work on the Mac OS® in their studios.

Configurations, Pricing and Availability

MobileStudio Pro 13: four models come with an IPS high-brightness panel, 2.5K (WQHD) resolution and 96% Adobe RGB. Customer options are defined by Solid State Drive (SSD) size — 64GB ($2199 SGD), 128GB ($2599 SGD), 256GB ($2899 SGD) and 512GB ($3599 SGD).

MobileStudio Pro 16: two models are fit with an IPS high-brightness panel, 4K (UHD) resolution and 94% Adobe RGB. There’s a 256GB ($3499 SGD) with NVIDIA Quadro M600M with 2GB VRAM and 512GB ($4399 SGD) with NVIDIA Quadro M1000M with 4GB VRAM.

The 3-D camera is available on both models of the MobileStudio Pro 16 and on the 13 model’s 512GB version.

MobileStudio Pro is expected to be available online and at select retail locations in late November.

About Wacom

Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 6727) with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays as well as of digital styli and solutions for saving and processing digital signatures. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality. Please visit http://www.wacom.com for further information

SOURCE: WACOM

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October 19, 2016 at 12:28 pm

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Create, Sculpt and Print: Wacom Presents Intuos 3D

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-First-ever full 3D solution for 3D enthusiasts combines Wacom’s Intuos pen tablet with Pixologic’s ZBrushCore software for creating and sculpting print-ready digital designs and characters.
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Wacom® introduces Intuos 3D, the first-ever complete and affordable 3D solution that provides all the necessary tools to create print-ready three-dimensional designs on a PC or Mac computer. By introducing an accessible 3D design and modeling product, Wacom, the global leader in digital pen tablet and display technologies that empower creativity, is leading the way in popularizing the creation of cool and imaginative 3D art and design for a wide demographic.

For the full multimedia release, click here: http://www.prnasia.com/mnr/wacom_20160907.shtml

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Intuos 3D with Package

Intuos 3D with Package

Intuos 3D in use

Intuos 3D in use

Intuos Line

Intuos Line

Wacom’s Intuos 3D comes to the market at an ideal time as interest in three-dimensional design and printing is growing rapidly. “While 3D design and DIY printing has become extremely popular, Wacom determined an opportunity existed to improve the front-end of the creative design process and deliver a complete solution designed specifically for 3D enthusiasts, particularly those just getting started,” says Jeff Mandell, Executive Vice President of Wacom’s Branded Business. “Wacom’s holistic approach delivers a complete customer experience, from ideation to visual creation to physical creation. For years, top creative professionals in industrial, product, fashion and game design have used our award-winning products for their 3D work, and we felt it was about time that we shared our knowhow with those interested in getting started with 3D.”

“In order to ensure an all-inclusive 3D solution, Wacom brought together industry leaders Pixologic®, Shapeways® and Sketchfab® to integrate hardware, software and 3D printing and publishing services,” states Tom Kopinski, Senior Manager of Creative Market Strategy at Wacom. The Intuos 3D’s natural and intuitive pen works seamlessly with Pixologic’s powerful ZbrushCore® software, built from the same ZBrush® foundation that top professional film and game studios have been using for their 3D creations for years. The battery-free, cordless and pressure-sensitive Intuos pen combines with ZBrushCore to emulate the same feel and feedback one gets when working with traditional brushes, markers or ceramic tools.

“Through our collaboration with Wacom, we were able to develop an industry-leading 3D design software optimized for the Intuos tablet that is sure to delight 3D enthusiasts,” says Jaime Labelle, Chief Operating Officer for Pixologic, Inc. “We look forward to seeing all the great work that this partnership helps develop.”

Users seeking on-demand 3D prints can send their completed models to the online service Shapeways for printing. For those seeking to publish their work, Sketchfab’s web-based platform and community are accessible to Intuos 3D owners. The Intuos 3D solution is easy to set-up and includes state-of-the-art video tutorials to help customers start creating immediately after the purchase.

Pricing and Availability

Intuos 3D ($290 SGD, price includes GST) ships in an elegantly designed retail package, containing the Intuos 3D tablet, pen, downloadable Pixologic ZBrushCore software as well as special offers from Shapeways and Sketchfab. Intuos 3D will be distributed globally to leading retailers and the Wacom eStore, and available for sale beginning in late October.

About Wacom

Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 6727) with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays as well as of digital styli and solutions for saving and processing digital signatures. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality. Please visit http://www.wacom.com for further information.

About Pixologic

Founded in 1997, Pixologic Incorporated develops and markets innovative software tools for the film and video, games, graphic design and illustration markets. ZBrush is a graphic application aimed at simplifying the science behind generating computer graphics. ZBrush appeals to a wide audience by providing empowering tools that give users intuitive and visual control over the digital images they create.

By providing a unique synthesis of 2D and 3D capabilities in a single stand-alone tool, ZBrush collapses economic and ease-of-use barriers to creating stunning images.

Pixologic is privately owned and is located in California with offices in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

For further information, please contact:

Daphne Tan
Wacom Singapore Pte Ltd
+65 9233 2370
daphne.tan@wacom.com

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Source: Wacom

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October 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm

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Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016 to Host Design Award, Bespoke Fashion Show, and 10% Discounts in Partnership with Mastercard

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Southeast Asia’s most professional international jewellery trade fair today announced a series of events and components to its 4th edition offering enhanced business and buying experiences for visitors. Held from 4 to 7 November at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre and hosting over 100 exhibitors from 28 countries, the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016 (SJGF 2016) is the platform to view most varied collection of regional and international fine jewellery and gems ranging from diamonds, precious gems, and pearls, to never before showcased in Southeast Asia handcrafted jewellery available at attractive prices for trade buyers and jewellery enthusiasts. Announced today, in partnership with MasterCard, visitors to SJGF 2016 will receive an additional 10% discount on purchases made at the fair with participating exhibitors.

Exclusive Fashion Show featuring a showcase of exquisitely-crafted bespoke jewellery by internationally-acclaimed exhibitors
Exclusive Fashion Show featuring a showcase of exquisitely-crafted bespoke jewellery by internationally-acclaimed exhibitors

Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016 is a professional trade fair which combines a lineup of events, seminars, and experiential activities immersing jewellery industry players and high-end buyers in a full 360 jewellery experience. Over the course of the four-day event, attendees can participate in seminars and workshops led by contemporary experts such as Tanja M. Sadow in Assessing Diamond Cutting and Creating Creative Designs in Jewellery to keeping up-to-date with business with trade seminars such as Revolutionary Systems and Tools for the Small Business Owner and Marketing Gemstones & Jewellery to Millennials.

SJGF 2016 will also play host to the Singapore Jewellery Design Award (SJDA) themed this year as Metamorphosis and celebrating creative yet commercially attractive original pieces. The Singapore Jewellery Design Award will take place on the morning of the opening day (4 November), followed by an Exclusive Fashion Show in the afternoon featuring a showcase of exquisitely-crafted bespoke jewellery by several internationally-acclaimed exhibitors.

“What is unique about the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair is that it caters to the entire jewellery community from professional manufacturers and retailers to aspiring designers to enthusiasts and serious collectors” said Paul Wan, Managing Director of UBM Exhibition Singapore Pte Ltd. “Under a secure indoor setting, visitors can view a spectrum of international fine and unique jewellery while also experiencing an array of events which adds to their overall understanding and experience of current trends, and business issues and opportunities of the jewellery industry.”

SJGF 2016 features exhibitors worldwide from Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Thailand, and USA. Featured exhibitors include leading diamond manufacturer Diamond Trading Company (DTC), Eiko Pearl and their showcase of elegant lustrous pearl jewellery as well as P&J with their timeless collection of unique antique pieces and many more.

Heart-shape Fancy Yellow Diamond Earrings by DTC
Heart-shape Fancy Yellow Diamond Earrings by DTC

South Sea Multi-color/Baroque Pearl Strands by Eiko Pearl
South Sea Multi-color/Baroque Pearl Strands by Eiko Pearl

A set of Bulgari Multi-Gem Bracelet, Earrings & Necklace, by P&J
A set of Bulgari Multi-Gem Bracelet, Earrings & Necklace, by P&J
For more information on Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016’s lineup of exhibitors, specialty events, and the MasterCard promotion visit: http://www.singaporejewellerygemfair.com

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October 19, 2016 at 12:10 pm

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Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority Brings Fresh Content to MIPCOM from Asia for the Global Market

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CANNES, France /PRNewswire/ —

OVERVIEW

This year, Singapore’s Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) will lead a delegation of 14 Singapore media companies to MIPCOM 2016, presenting over 650 hours of compelling Asian stories across more than 40 titles. The companies represented range from animation and factual content producers such as One Animation, Monstrou Studio and ActiveTV Asia; to content distributors like Sunrise Entertainment and Ying Group.
Over the past year, the Asian film and television industry has seen strong growth, rising prominence, and international recognition for its talent and content. The newly-formed IMDA was established to keep pace with the growth in Asia and the rest of the world, further harness the opportunities arising from media convergence to spur new innovations in media and technology.
PRESENTING OVER 650 HOURS OF DIVERSE CONTENT TO A GLOBAL AUDIENCE

Capturing the Asian voice | Fresh Asian-themed content

Barangay 143 is an original animated series about a lost youngster in search of a father, and how he finds an unlikely family in a team of misfits. Set against the action-packed world of street basketball, this story on love and family is co-produced by August Media Holdings (Singapore) and Synergy88 Entertainment Media Inc (Philippines), and is slated to be completed in 2017. Barangay 143 will be available for distribution in both English and Tagalog.
Two coastlines, two visions, one big adventure! An iconic race across the Land of the Morning Calm, Going Koastal features two adventurous hosts as they trek 2,413km along the coastline of South Korea, discovering the diverse cultures, foods, festivals and geography along the peninsula. This travel series is being developed by IO Creative (Singapore) and Mountain TV (Korea), and has already gained interest from international broadcasters around the world.
Anticipated titles to look forward to in 2017 and beyond | Gearing up for exciting content & formats

The Adventures of Sherlock Sam follows the mystery-solving exploits of smart, observant, food-loving, 10-year-old, Samuel Tan Cher Lock — Singapore’s greatest kid (a.k.a. Sherlock Sam). Singapore-based August Media Holdings announced last week a licensing agreement with Singapore publisher Epigram Books to adapt the award-winning children’s book for TV and Film, and the series will be available in 2018, starting with three languages — English, Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Indonesia.
Look at My Wedding is a fresh lifestyle programme looking at everything it takes to make a good wedding memorable. Look at My Wedding features exotic destinations include Bali, Byron Bay, Perth, Malaysia, Maldives, Singapore and Jakarta, and is slated to be completed in 2017 by TVS Asia and Sunrise Entertainment.
Salam Ramadhan UK & Salam Ramadhan Korea follows the lives of Muslims living in the United Kingdom and Korea, and how they observe Ramadhan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. The brand new info-edutainment series presents the narratives of individuals from these local communities in an engaging and entertaining fashion, and is expected to be completed in 2017. Both series are produced by Monstrou Studio, in association with Clover Sky.
Exciting Genres & Formats | Offering refreshing perspectives & innovative storytelling

The Big Idea is a feature documentary with a focus on the new innovations and advances in science and technology happening at breakneck speed. Distributed by Singapore’s national broadcaster, Mediacorp, it attempts to distil the very technologies we believe have the potential to impact our lives.
Combining motoring insights with charismatic high-profile celebrities from across Asia, Celebrity Car Wars is a new highly-entertaining reality series by ActiveTV Asia. Each hour-long episode follows the journeys of the guest celebrities as they are coached and cajoled by experts and put through challenges — while leaving viewers with motoring knowledge in an animated and entertaining manner.
In Big Food, host Greta Georges discovers what it takes to make, manage and move massive amounts of food. This larger-than-life television series, produced by The Moving Visuals Co., will see her travelling the globe in search of the giants of the catering world — from a paella competition in Spain, a free kitchen feeing 80,000 people a day in Punjab, to a wedding for 1,400 guests in Singapore!
BRINGING STRONG SUPPORT, VIBRANT PLATFORMS, AND ABUNDANT OPPORTUNITIES TO POWER & TRANSFORM ASIA’S MEDIA SECTOR

Spearheading Singapore and Asia’s transition into a new media landscape and digital economy, is the timely formation of the newly-mined IMDA. Launched on 1 October 2016 following the restructuring of the Info-communications Development Authority (IDA) and the Media Development Authority (MDA), IMDA will create a robust ecosystem to support innovation, transformation, and creation of content for business and for the community.
NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES AT MIPCOM 2016

International trade partners can network with the Singapore delegation during Singapore Hour, taking place on Monday 17 October, 4pm-5pm at the Singapore Pavilion (P-1.C16, P-1.D15). Highlights of the upcoming Singapore Media Festival 2016 will also be available then.
THE SINGAPORE MEDIA FESTIVAL

Rounding off the series of international media events at the end of the year is the Singapore Media Festival, held in Singapore from 23 November through 9 December 2016.
A flagship annual event led by IMDA-SMF is Southeast Asia’s leading international media event which celebrates the importance of good storytelling from Asia. SMF brings together established events across film, TV and digital, such as the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Asian Television Awards (ATA), Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF), and ScreenSingapore (SS).
Recognising the abundant opportunities in the digital content industry, SMF 2016 will introduce a new keystone digital event, SMF Ignite. It will cast the spotlight on digital trends, bringing together digital content creators to learn, experience and create.
Annex A: Information on participating companies at the Singapore Pavilion
Annex B: Information on the Singapore Media Festival

http://www.facebook.com/IMDAsg | #SGMediaFest | #TheSingaporeParty

About the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA)

The Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) will develop a vibrant, world-class infocomm media sector that drives the economy, connects people, bonds communities and powers Singapore’s Smart Nation vision. IMDA does this by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore’s ICT and media infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment. IMDA also enhances Singapore’s data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission. For more news and information, visit http://www.imda.gov.sg or follow IMDA on Facebook: IMDAsg and Twitter @IMDAsg.

About the Singapore Media Festival

The Singapore Media Festival, hosted by the Info-communications Media Development Authority is set to become one of Asia’s leading international media events, where the industry meets to discover the latest trends, talents and content in Asia for Film, TV and digital media. Taking place from 23 November to 9 December 2016, the Singapore Media Festival brings together established media events such as the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore (SS) and Asian Television Awards (ATA), as well as a new digital event SMF Ignite and associate events, the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting of Asia (CASBAA) Spotlight Series and ciNE65 by Nexus. For more information about the Singapore Media Festival, please visit http://www.sgmediafestival.com.

ANNEX A: INFORMATION ON SINGAPORE COMPANIES AT MIPCOM 2016

Singapore Pavilion | Located at P-1.C16, P-1.D15

S/N

Name of Company

1

Active TV Asia Pte Ltd

2

August Media Holdings Pte Ltd

3

Infinite Frameworks Pte Ltd

4

IO CREATIVE Pte Ltd

5

Liang Li Media

6

Mediacorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd

7

Monstrou Studio

8

Omens Studios Pte Ltd

9

One Animation Pte Ltd

10

Shortman Films Pte Ltd

11

Sparky Animation Pte Ltd

12

Sunrise Entertainment Pte Ltd/TVS Asia

13

The Moving Visuals Co. Pte Ltd

14

Ying Group Pte Ltd

ANNEX B: INFORMATION ON THE SINGAPORE MEDIA FESTIVAL

SINGAPORE MEDIA FESTIVAL 2016
23 November-9 December 2016
http://www.sgmediafestival.com | #SGMediaFest

The Singapore Media Festival, hosted by the Info-communications Media Development Authority is set to become one of Asia’s leading international media events, where the industry meets to discover the latest trends, talents and content in Asia for Film, TV and digital media. Taking place from 23 November to 9 December 2016, the Singapore Media Festival brings together established media events such as the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore (SS) and Asian Television Awards (ATA), as well as a new digital event, SMF Ignite, and associate events, the CASBAA Spotlight Series and ciNE65.

Event attendees and ticket holders can look forward to winding down at SMF’s first Festival Square, set up in the heart of the city at CHIJMES. Every participant of the festival will be able to gather there to interact and enjoy special discounts and privileges at selected F&B establishments in CHIJMES. There will also be outdoor screenings of the latest festival happenings as well as a line-up of interactive activities that allow festival-goers to share their festival experiences.

Source: Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
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http://www.imda.gov.sg

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October 19, 2016 at 12:04 pm

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Can Asian News Media Charge for Digital Content?

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SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — According to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), news media’s circulation revenues overcame their advertising revenues, on a global basis, in 2015. Concurrently, print circulation is declining on most markets… In this context, are Asian news publishers ready to charge for their online content? This, along with new content formats (live video, VR), digital advertising, distributed content or strategies for growing digital revenues, will be one of the topics discussed among 300 media professionals who will gather at the forthcoming Digital Media Asia conference in Singapore, on 8-10 November.

An attentive crowd at a former edition of Digital Media Asia
An attentive crowd at a former edition of Digital Media Asia

Cassian Cheung, CEO of Next Digital (Apple Daily) speaking at Digital Media Asia 2014 in Singapore
Cassian Cheung, CEO of Next Digital (Apple Daily) speaking at Digital Media Asia 2014 in Singapore

Since its launch in 2009, Wan-Ifra’s Digital Media Asia (DMA) conference has grown to become the largest digital event dedicated to the publishing industry in Asia. It includes one day of masterclasses delivered by highly qualified trainers — this year, Chris Lee, the CEO of Deseret Media Digital and Data journalism expert Kevin Anderson (formerly from The Guardian and USA Today) — two days of conference packed with exciting sessions and featuring world-class speakers, the presentation of the Asian Digital Media Awards winners and a digital products and services Expo.

While most Asian publishers are still reluctant to charge for their online content, this trend is gaining strength in other regions. In the USA, over 50% of the news publishers are somehow charging for part of or all their content online. As for The Economist, the London based publisher claims it has seen its digital subscription revenues grow by 30% in the first half of 2016. But if global media brands and business papers have been able to implement paywalls from an early stage, will this trend ever benefit tabloids and general interest newspapers?

Digital Media Asia 2016 will launch this conversation with inspiring case studies from Europe: While French national daily Liberation is softly implementing a paywall based on the readers’ attention (instead of the number of articles read), Axel Springer’s highly popular German tabloid, Bild, is launching a Premium content section! Beyond the paywall issue, publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The FT or the Times will share at DMA how they engage with their audiences on social media platforms and convert frequent users into subscribers.

In parallel, news publishers are of course exploring alternative sources of revenues, such as local mobile businesses at Deseret Media (USA) or an online video platform at Sin Chew’s MCIL Multimedia (Malaysia). The Times of India, Singapore multimedia group’s MediaCorp, TechCrunch, Kompas Cyber Media, Chosun Ilbo, Google or Singapore Press Holdings are also among the confirmed case studies to be presented at DMA.

Top 5 digital priorities

Media experts and executives from Asia and all over the world will discuss the issues that are currently reshaping the digital media business:

Putting audience attention data into action
Charging for online content
Beyond distributed content
The end of display advertising 1.0
Riding the live video and VR wave
A detailed conference programme is available at http://dma.wan-ifra.org.

Confirmed speakers

Nick Petrie, Deputy Head of Digital, The Times & Sunday Times, UK
Chris Lee, CEO, Deseret Media, USA
Tan Lee Chin, Chief Content Officer, MCIL Multimedia, Malaysia
Mark Rogers, VP Multimedia Sales & Integrated Marketing, Asia Pacific, Dow Jones, HK
Xavier Grangier, Head of Digital/CTO, Liberation, France
Christina Lo, CEO, Stakk Factory, Hong Kong
Mi Li, Senior Marketing Manager, Audience Development and Global Partnerships, FT, UK
HS Shin, Head of Digital Division, Chosun Ilbo, Korea
Guy Crevier, President & Publisher, La Presse, Canada
Indraneel Ganguli, SVP & Global Head, Brand & Field Marketing, Tech Mahindra, India
Jonny Wright, Managing Director, WSJ, HK
Warren Fernandez, Editor in Chief EMTM, SPH, Singapore
Guillaume Sachet, Head of Strategy Planning, MediaCorp, Singapore
Gulshan Verma, Chief Revenue Officer, Times Internet, India
Ben Shaw, Global Head Advisory Services, Wan-Ifra, Germany
Andy Budiman, Director Kompas Cyber Media, Kompas, Indonesia
Tobias Henning, Managing Director Premium, BILD, Germany
Nicole Wilke, Head of Product, TechCrunch, USA
Dushyant Khare, Head – Global Partnerships Southeast Asia & India, Google
Event Venue & Hotel

The Orchard Hotel, 442 Orchard Road — in the heart of Singapore’s premier shopping and entertainment district — is the venue and official hotel for DMA 2016. Publish Asia delegates and exhibitors/sponsors will enjoy a special rate.

To register, please contact Wilson Leong at +65.6562.8446 or wilson.leong@wan-ifra.org.

Websites: http://www.wan-ifra.org/adma and http://dma.wan-ifra.org
Hashtag: #DMASG16

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October 19, 2016 at 11:47 am

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2016 Corporate Performance & Investment Banking Awards – Winners announced

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SYDNEY/PRNewswire/ — East Coles Australia is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2016 Corporate Performance & Investment Banking Awards, who were honoured at an exclusive event at The Establishment Ballroom in Sydney on Tuesday 11th October. Full Results here.

The East Coles Corporate Performance Research asked analysts from both fund managers and brokerage houses to score the S&P/ASX 200 stocks they covered across 23 performance categories. The scores were then aggregated and averaged to create league tables in each category, then broken down into ASX100, ASX101-200 and GICS sectors. 53 buy and sell-side organisations participated in all, scoring 55 stocks each on average.

The idea of the Research is to provide a feedback mechanism between the investment community and the ASX200 to ensure corporates are more finely attuned to investor sentiment. The Research provides an opportunity for investors to express their satisfaction or otherwise with the companies they cover and show their appreciation where they feel value has been added.

Cameron Williamson, Group CFO, Chris Clayton, Head of Sales & Marketing, Vicki Gemisis, Head of Group Financial Operations, Nicola Scott, CFO (Australia) & Rebecca Fesq, Head of Private Bank & Broker Distribution all from BT Investment Management
Cameron Williamson, Group CFO, Chris Clayton, Head of Sales & Marketing, Vicki Gemisis, Head of Group Financial Operations, Nicola Scott, CFO (Australia) & Rebecca Fesq, Head of Private Bank & Broker Distribution all from BT Investment Management

Mark Catanzariti, Susan Leppinus, Company Secretary & General Counsel, Lindsay Partridge AM, MD, Robert Bakewell, CFO, Alex Payne (CFO – retiring) all from Brickworks
Mark Catanzariti, Susan Leppinus, Company Secretary & General Counsel, Lindsay Partridge AM, MD, Robert Bakewell, CFO, Alex Payne (CFO – retiring) all from Brickworks
ASX100 WINNERS

Code

Category

Stock

Sector

DMP

Best Board

DOMINO’S PIZZA ENTERPRISES LIMITED

CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY

TPM

Best CEO

TPG TELECOM LIMITED

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

RHC

Best CFO

RAMSAY HEALTH CARE LIMITED

HEALTH CARE

AMC

Best Company

AMCOR LIMITED

MATERIALS

CSL

Best Credibility

CSL LIMITED

HEALTH CARE

DMP

Best Earnings Quality

DOMINO’S PIZZA ENTERPRISES LIMITED

CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY

DMP

Best ESG

DOMINO’S PIZZA ENTERPRISES LIMITED

CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY

JHX

Best Growth Prospects

JAMES HARDIE INDUSTRIES PLC

MATERIALS

CSL

Best Investment Desirability

CSL LIMITED

HEALTH CARE

CSL

Best Investor Relations

CSL LIMITED

HEALTH CARE

AMC

Best Shareholder Value Focus

AMCOR LIMITED

MATERIALS

ASX101-200 WINNERS

Code

Category

Company

Sector

VOC

Best Board

VOCUS COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

ACX

Best CEO

ACONEX LIMITED

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

ACX

Best CFO

ACONEX LIMITED

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

RWC

Best Company

RELIANCE WORLDWIDE CORPORATION LTD

INDUSTRIALS

APO

Best Credibility

APN OUTDOOR GROUP LIMITED

CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY

SCP

Best Earnings Quality

SCA PROPERTY GROUP

FINANCIALS

VOC

Best ESG

VOCUS COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

BAP

Best Growth Prospects

BURSON GROUP LIMITED

CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY

BAP

Best Investment Desirability

BURSON GROUP LIMITED

CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY

BAP

Best Investor Relations

BURSON GROUP LIMITED

CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY

BAP

Best Shareholder Value Focus

BURSON GROUP LIMITED

CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY

INVESTMENT BANKING WINNERS

Category

Bank/er

Category

Bank/er

Best Investment Bank

UBS

Best Independent Investment Bank

Record Point

Best Investment Banker

Greg Peirce (UBS)

Best Independent Investment Banker

Michael Firmin (Record Point)

Best M&A Bank

UBS

Best Independent M&A Bank

Record Point

Best M&A Banker

Greg Peirce (UBS)

Best Independent M&A Banker

Michael Firmin (Record Point)

Best ECM Bank

UBS

Best Independent ECM Bank

Patersons

Best ECM Banker

Richard Sleijpen (UBS)

Best Independent ECM Banker

David Gray (Insight Capital)

Best DCM Bank

Morgan Stanley

Best Independent DCM Bank

Record Point

Best DCM Banker

Tim Lindley (MS)

Best Independent DCM Banker

Michael Firmin (Record Point)

Best Equities Research

Macquarie

Best Independent Equities Research

Morgans

Best Equities Analyst

John Purtell (Macquarie)

Best Independent Equities Analyst

Peter Zuk (Shaw)

About East Coles

East Coles Australia is the leading financial markets research firm across the Asia-Pacific region. Conducting research in the Corporate Performance, Investment Banking and Equities Markets spaces, East Coles utilises its unique technology platform to provide subscribers with the most granular insights into their clients’ and stakeholders’ perceptions.

In existence for over 20 years, East Coles has developed deep relationships with key market participants to ensure the highest quality data samples. With offices in Australia and Asia, our mission is to inform and assist our clients with the most relevant and actionable analytics.

For more information, please contact:

Nick Coles, Managing Director
East Coles Australia
M: +61 (0) 417 697 745
Lin: https://au.linkedin.com/in/nickcoles
E: nick.coles@eastcoles.com.au

Richard Beaurepaire, Chairman
East Coles Australia
M: +61 (0) 427 791 473
Lin: https://au.linkedin.com/in/rbeaurepaire
E: richard.beaurepaire@eastcoles.com.au
T: +61 (2) 8006 5088

Tw: https://twitter.com/EastColes
W: http://www.eastcoles.com.au

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October 19, 2016 at 11:24 am

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RS Components announces DesignSpark website upgrade, offering more functionality for the engineering community

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DesignSpark website gets a facelift and delivers improved usability for fast-growing community of electronics, mechanical and electrical engineers

/PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (ECM.L), the global distributor for engineers, today announced it has upgraded its popular DesignSpark community website, which is used by hundreds of thousands of engineers involved in developing electronics, mechanical and automation designs. The new version of the site, available at http://www.designspark.com, features a fresh look and feel, as well as offering significant improvements to its functionality.

Based on feedback from the continuously growing DesignSpark community — now totalling more than 460,000 users — RS has improved the site’s functionality and now offers easier navigation, enabling users to find content more easily, as well as providing quicker purchasing options via their local RS website.
The new site also provides an easier process for engineers to upload content. For example, users can now create and view drafts of their work before publishing it online. The site’s news feature also allows manufacturers to post content on their latest products much more easily, meaning they can gauge interest in new developments at the earliest stage. In addition, complementing its expansive electronics design content, the site will also feature a wide range of technical articles related to the world of automation.
“The raison d’etre for the DesignSpark programme is supporting innovation for every engineer,” said Glenn Jarrett, Vice President of DesignSpark at RS Components. “Delivering a rich resource of news, information and free-for-download design tools for electronics, mechanical and electrical design, the new updated DesignSpark website offers new features, an improved look and feel, and a higher level of usability that our valued DesignSpark community richly deserves. Existing members should enjoy the new experience and find the site even easier, quicker and more engaging to use, and we look forward to seeing the membership of this inspiring community grow even more.”
About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer more than 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include electronic components, electrical, automation and control, and test and measurement equipment, and engineering tools and consumables.
Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2016 had revenues of GBP1.29bn.
For more information, please visit the website at http://www.rs-online.com.
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Further information is available via these links:
Twitter: @RSComponents; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin:
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

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Electrocomponents plc: http://www.electrocomponents.com
RS Components: http://www.rs-online.com
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October 19, 2016 at 10:39 am

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Barghest Building Performance Wins 2016 Frost & Sullivan Award for ‘Energy Management Solutions Entrepreneurial Company of the Year’

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Homegrown energy management company Barghest Building Performance Pte Ltd (“BBP”) received the “Energy Management Solutions Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award” at Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 Excellence Awards.
Cecilia Chang, Senior Vice President at Frost & Sullivan, presents Barghest Building Performance’s COO C.V. Kumar and CEO Poyan Rajamand (left to right) the ‘Energy Management Solutions Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award’
The Frost & Sullivan Excellence Awards honour companies that have demonstrated excellence in their respective industries. Candidate companies are identified based on in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research. They are subsequently assessed on their revenue, market share, capabilities and overall contributions to their industries.
BBP is IMDA-accredited and works with several clients in Singapore to reduce energy usage and achieve the Building and Construction Authorities’ Green Mark award for their buildings. In tropical countries such as Singapore, a significant portion of ongoing building costs can be attributed to inefficient Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (“HVAC”) operations.
BBP adds a layer of intelligence to existing HVAC systems at no upfront cost, and is paid a portion of clients’ dollar savings. Using its patent pending algorithm, the solution actively controls and balances different HVAC components to perform in the most energy-efficient manner, without any impact on its client’s day-to-day operations.
The Energy Management Solutions Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award recognises BBP’s potential as a company, having demonstrated excellence in growth, innovation and leadership. Such excellence typically translates into superior performance in three key areas: demand generation, brand development and competitive positioning.
Mr. Poyan Rajamand, CEO of BBP, said: “At BBP, we believe that energy efficiency should make business sense. Our solution can be installed within weeks with no impact on day-to-day operations and no financial costs, which gives us real customer appeal. This prestigious award from Frost & Sullivan is a testament to our team’s hard work and innovative offerings.”
Mr. Suchitra Sriram, Senior Consultant at Frost & Sullivan – Energy & Environment, Asia Pacific said: “BBP’s highly-focused value proposition in the Singapore energy management solutions market tackles energy efficiency challenges for several existing commercial and industrial buildings, enabling customers to operate profitably and efficiently.”
“The company’s innovative software, especially in the HVAC segment, can be seamlessly integrated into existing buildings allowing customers to adopt a highly cost-effective solution without operational disruption. With immense potential to expand its customer base, BBP is well-positioned to create a brand-defining customer ownership experience in a highly competitive market,” Mr. Sriram added.
In August 2016, BBP received the accreditation status under the Accreditation@IMDA programme. The accreditation status provides assurance on BBP’s product capabilities and delivery capabilities to its customers. Through the market access platforms established by Accreditation@IMDA, BBP will be able to gain more traction within the Singapore government and enterprise sectors.
Mr Edwin Low, Director of Accreditation@IMDA, said: “We are extremely pleased that BBP has been awarded the Energy Management Solutions Entrepreneurial Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan. It is yet another testament to the growth potential of this company. We are looking forward to work with Poyan and team to grow their business.”
BBP currently operates in Singapore and Malaysia. It is exploring opportunities to expand its footprint throughout Southeast Asia.
About Barghest Building Performance
Barghest Building Performance (“BBP”) is a technology provider in the energy space which offers conservation solutions for buildings. BBP’s platform uses cloud-based technology and advanced analytics to operate existing equipment at optimal levels to achieve long-term energy savings that are measureable and sustainable. The technology is installed without upfront costs to clients and is paid through the energy savings achieved. Besides their primary focus on air conditioning systems, BBP offers a range of energy efficiency-related services, including support in Green Mark Certification processes. BBP team members have been involved in numerous projects to help clients reach their Energy Efficiency and Green Mark Certification goals.
BBP’s clients includes Phillips Lumileds, Resorts World Sentosa, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, Capitacommercial Trust, HSBC, Changi Airport Singapore and Hewlett Packard.
To learn more about BBP, please visit: http://www.bbp.sg/
About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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October 19, 2016 at 10:23 am

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